Custom Costume Builds

Back From DragonCon

Back home now and exhausted. As always Dragon Con was amazing! I had a great time talking to and meeting hundreds of new people and catching up with my old friends. One of the highlights was getting to meet and hang out with Mark Meer who does the Voice of Shepard in the Mass Effect Games. When I am more coherent I may post a more detailed rundown of the convention, but for now I need sleep and mass doses of vitamin C.

The Foam armor held up better than I could have ever hoped. We wore the armors for most of Saturday and Sunday, did a lot of walking, running, climbing stairs, posing for photos and partying in them. Admittedly, I was rather drunk for a good portion of this time and was not even trying to be careful in avoiding damage to the suit. By the end of the weekend it only needed to be touched up with a black sharpie in a few small places where paint had gotten scratched off. (mostly under the arms on the sides) I would have to say that it passed with flying colors.

If anyone has or finds photos or Video of the Shepard costumes please let me know. I was hoping to get a proper photo shoot done while at the con but unfortunately it didn’t happen. As regular attendees know it can be difficult to plan for much of anything as you never know what is going to happen next at Dragon Con.

Here is a few photos that Jane took of me in my completed N7 Armor. As I find more photos online I’ll try to link to them. You can also find more photos on my Facebook profile.

24 responses

  1. Timecon

    I got a few pics from johny from the 405th guys of you and the wife. thanks for the pointers you gave johny he past them on to me and I should have my suit done in a few weeks, you also inspired me and I’m almost have a complete halo reach suit finished for the game release next tuesday, made out of foam. Have a good time resting, last year I came home with swine flu.

    September 7, 2010 at 11:17 pm

  2. Wow.

    I’ve been inspired. Actually, 3 of my friends and I have been inspired. We have committed ourselves to making Mass Effects armors using your techniques (though not N7 armor, we don’t want to be copy cats). Thank you for what is essentially a tutorial.

    We were thinking of using a hot knife on the foam to make precise cuts. Any experience using a hot knife on EVA foam?

    -Ben M.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm

  3. Coles

    Wow man… I’ve been following the build since the beginning and I’m completely inspired. This is all a huge help.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:23 pm

  4. Paul

    Holy moley… any way I could borrow that for Halloween? πŸ˜€

    September 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

  5. Paul

    would you be willing to make another set of the armor? maybe just the chest, arm pieces, and gloves? How much would you charge for that?

    September 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm

  6. Ranger

    So, I’m thinking of using your process as a guideline for making my own set of N7 armor for next year’s NDK at Denver. I only want to ask what kind of glue you used and roughly how many packages of foam you went through (excluding the gun for now).

    September 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    • Hot glue for most all of it. About 5 packs per suit. (around 20 sheets)

      September 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

  7. Coles

    How was the comfort in the suit? Movement/Body Temp?

    September 18, 2010 at 7:34 am

  8. Mass Effect N7 armour? Very nice. I want some!

    September 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

  9. Chris

    Hi Evilfx,

    Your build log is amazing! There is one thing id like to confirm if you dont mind:

    What did you use (also where did you get them) for the undersuit for both of you?


    October 1, 2010 at 5:22 am

    • Just basic unitards ordered from a dance supply store, nothing special.

      October 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  10. Nicole

    Amazing work! I want to make my own femshep armor so badly, and had considered using really thick fabric, but this makes a lot of sense.

    October 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

  11. Ryan

    Damn, these are incredible armor pieces! It made me consider making a fully functional armor set based on one of the ME2 armor types, or maybe even the Colossus armor from ME1. What I mean by fully functional is a ceramic-impregnated Kevlar suit, but I think that just may be a bit beyond my skill. It sure would be cool to make though, and it really would be bullet-resistant!

    October 20, 2010 at 11:36 am

  12. silverwolf

    Hey there,
    I was looking up stuff for ME costumes and I came across your site.
    Your costumes and props look amazing!!
    I just wish I could make it like that (although I’ll be doing one of Garrus).
    I’ll be browsing through your sites and the Bioweapons link but any chance you might give like a tutorial or tips on how you made that? Especially the lights on the armour and how you made props (although I wish I knew how you did it all!)… just amazing!

    October 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    • Starting shortly (mid-late Jan) I will be doing a series of detailed videos showing pretty much everything.

      December 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

  13. Chris

    Saw you at D*con. You looked awesome!

    January 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

  14. Ryan elliot

    Hey there great work on the suit its absolutely amazing, do you by any chance make suits for people because i would defiantly pay for you to make me one

    February 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  15. Julie

    I’ve always wanted to be able to wear the N7 armor and you did an amazing job replicating it. How much would it cost for an entire suit? I was considering doing it myself but after I saw your How To on your other website I doubt I could pull it off.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:57 am

  16. Elcor Hamlet

    Well done Mr. Verner!

    August 19, 2011 at 5:23 am

  17. Jackie

    That is… the sexiest thing I have seen all year. I’m hoping to build my own female armor before the ME3 launch. I absolutely taking on creative projects. Looking forward to your vids!

    November 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

  18. Cameron

    ok so i have a question/ (challenge?) have you thought of doing the N7 helmet? that would be an excellent finish to a wonderful set or armor. Big fan of your work, i am truly amazed at your skill in this

    March 10, 2012 at 5:24 am

    • No plans to make helmets, but I have friends that make them I can forward people to.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

  19. Gill

    First off, amazing work bro! So how do you get the Eva foam to curve so well?

    March 17, 2012 at 6:06 am

    • Magic and practice,.. but mostly magic.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

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